Rappler's latest stories on Philippines-China relations
President Rodrigo Duterte once again highlights the 'friendship' between the Philippines and China in his Chinese New Year message
'We might as well just be friendly, improve our commerce, and let time heal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he again shuns the option of asserting the Philippines' rights
Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.
A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as CCG officials go on a 'goodwill visit' to the Philippines
'Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa mag-usap harap-harapan, at sabihin natin ang ating hinaing,' says Philippine Coast Guard chief Admiral Joel Garcia
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) chief Admiral Joel Garcia defended on Tuesday, January 14, their talks with the China Coast Guard (CCG), touting diplomatic meetings with the expansionist Chinese government as the sole antidote to end years of dispute in and over the West Philippine Sea
“Kahit may hidwaan po tayo, wala pong ibang solusyon kundi diplomasya,. Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa magusap harap-harapan, at sabihin natina ng ating hinaing,” Garca told throng of reporters after welcoming the CCG officials at the PCG headquarters in Manila on Tuesday morning.
(Even if we have a divide, we have no other solution but diplomacy. There is no other solution but to meet with them at the table, in person, and tell them our grievances.)
Why defensive? Garcia turned defensive after reporters asked for a reaction to criticism that the PCG’s meeting with CCG shouldn’t have been pursued in light of multiple instances where Chinese Coast Guard personnel harassed Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.
For Garcia, however, shutting out the incidents for the meantime and focusing on the meeting was needed to prevent more conflicts at sea.
The welcoming ceremony opens days of unprecedented talks and exercises between the two coast guards
The China Coast Guard maintains a presence in some key areas of the West Philippine Sea
Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr praises President Duterte’s ‘localized peace talks’ with communist guerrilla fronts, and vows to focus military efforts on stamping out the rebellion
Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'
Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.
Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases
The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal
(UPDATED) New Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian hits the ground running with courtesy calls on key Philippine officials
Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home
Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.
A career diplomat with 30 years of experience, China's ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian boasts of expertise in Asia and Southeast Asia
Veteran diplomat Huang Xilian is replacing Zhao Jianhua, who enjoyed close ties with the Duterte administration
President Rodrigo Duterte's national security adviser says Southeast Asian countries should band together amid great power competition between the US and China
But the Philippine leader thinks China won't do such a thing because it would damage the Asian giant's reputation and because it sees its stake in the NGCP as a business
'There is no need to worry about the sky falling or imagine trouble where there is none,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang
Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio warns this is especially the case if the Chinese themselves handle the maintenance of the Philippines' power supply
Still reeling from the tragedy, the fishermen return to Recto Bank as it is the only way they can make a living
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Law of the Sea expert James Kraska to discuss the concept of gray zones, the potentials for risk and conflict, and how a country like the Philippines should respond
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also believes Filipinos will 'eventually' appreciate China – despite its aggressive tactics in the West Philippine Sea
A September 2019 Social Weather Stations survey also shows Japan and Australia maintaining its 'very good' trust ratings
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
Gem-Ver’s fishermen says they expected a new boat from China. They receive a battered, second-hand vessel ripped apart by a typhoon just weeks later
The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub
(UPDATED) After 5 months of waiting, the fishermen of Gem-Ver say they are ready to return to the site where they almost died in June
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties
The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat
Part 1: Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.
'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'
Immigration chief Jaime Morente says the policy update is a better security protocol because 'sheets of papers can easily be lost'
Batangas City commends the 'exemplary courage' of seasoned seaman Manolo Ebora, who calls on the government to also make a stand for Filipinos' rights in the West Philippine Sea
Set to leave the Philippines in November, outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been praised as one of China's 'best friends'
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal
'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'
The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’
The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’
'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea
Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea
The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives
'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo
(UPDATED) The Panay-Guimaras bridge, Davao City Expressway, and Marawi sports complex are among the projects that have gained traction following the meeting between Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua